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Please help me choose a birthday gift for my gaming daughter. I'm going to give her a Heroscape expansion, but I also want to give her something else.

She quite a gamer, here's her loves, likes and dislikes:

Loves:
Blokus
Bohnanza
Settlers of Catan
Balloon Cup
Heroscape
Carcassonne
Through the Desert
Werewolf
Saboteur
Ricochet Robot

Likes:
Can't Stop
Pick Picnic
Rat a tat cat
Apples to Apples

Dislikes:
Formula De
Galloping Pigs
hmmmm, and not really much else, she'll play anything!

I'm thinking about Once Upon a Time because maybe she could play it with her friends. But then I wonder if this is the best choice because she is moving into that self-conscious phase and I wonder if creativity games would make her feel too embarrassed.

The other choice is Jambo because she really likes to play Balloon Cup with me and it's a nice one on one time when we play a game together.

I'm open to any other suggestions.

 
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For one to play with you and with her friends, have a look at Techno Witches:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/16373

or Ticket to Ride:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/9209

Both HUGE hits with my 12 yo daughter this xmas

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I'll second Samurai for all the reasons mentioned. Plus it plays quickly, which can be a good thing in a busy world.

I'll also pitch Things... It's a party game, one she would use in those situations that might have called for Apples to Apples. The difference is it plays to the sensibilities of the players. 12-year-olds will have as much fun writing answers to "Things... you should never give your grandmother" or whatever as adults will, even though the nature of the answers may differ depending on the group. It has been a major hit with every group we've tried it with, and that includes 12-year-old boys.
 
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Off the top of my head, my first recommendation would be Ticket to Ride. Here are the reasons:

a) It's a really fun game
b) It looks fantastic
c) It's not too "heavy", and very accessible to non-gamers (ie. easier to play with friends)
d) It works fairly well as a 2-player game, so you can play together

Ticket to Ride Europe is also fine choice. The differences between the games are fairly negligible, imho, so it's just a matter of preferred theme.

Hope that helps.
 
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My daughter has played and enjoyed both Ticket to Ride and Techno Witches, as suggested above. But you should also give serious consideration to Deflexion, especially given her experience with Ricochet Robot.

David
 
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Samurai was my first thought as well. FWIW, Fjords was my second thought (nice two person game for the both of you). Guillotine has been a big hit with my Blokus-loving teenage nieces and I think that's one that it would be easy to get friends to play. Boomtown also went over really well, but it requires at least 3.
 
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Jatoha wrote:
I'm open to any other suggestions.


Gotta get CITADELS and INGENIOUS on the list for consideration - both relatively simple, both multiplayer, both reasonably short length. INGENIOUS should be a must for anyone who enjoys BLOKUS and CITADELS emphasizes social interaction and bluffing - not dissimilar to a pumped-up WEREWOLF. And both are very reasonably priced.
 
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Jatoha wrote:
Please help me choose a birthday gift for my gaming daughter. I'm going to give her a Heroscape expansion, but I also want to give her something else.

She quite a gamer, here's her loves, likes and dislikes:

Loves:
Blokus
Bohnanza
Settlers of Catan
Balloon Cup
Heroscape
Carcassonne
Through the Desert
Werewolf
Saboteur
Ricochet Robot

Likes:
Can't Stop
Pick Picnic
Rat a tat cat
Apples to Apples

Dislikes:
Formula De
Galloping Pigs
hmmmm, and not really much else, she'll play anything!

I'm thinking about Once Upon a Time because maybe she could play it with her friends. But then I wonder if this is the best choice because she is moving into that self-conscious phase and I wonder if creativity games would make her feel too embarrassed.

The other choice is Jambo because she really likes to play Balloon Cup with me and it's a nice one on one time when we play a game together.

I'm open to any other suggestions.



Othello may be good and so is Carcassonse the river (i never player without the river.) i don't know what really to sugest more. most of the gmae tha i like are more complicated then you listed abd very diffrent.... mabye ticket to ride will be good idea.
 
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I've been playing games at lunch with a few 10 and 11 year-olds at school, and they have really enjoyed Samurai and For Sale. (Soon, I'll have them playing Age of Steam and Princes of the Renaissance!!!)
 
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You're a lucky dad! My nine-year old just told me that Heroscape is "kinda boring." Then I brought home a thrift store copy of Stratego and he loved it.

Kobra1 has been talking me into "a dog's life"



Apparently it needs one tweak to take it from broken to awesome, and it has a lot of theme, which might be good for her friends. Please take into account that this is a secondhand recommendation, of course. I'm going to get it because I can play with four family members (43, 40, 9, 6, 5)at once, and the theme appeals to the younger kids. Plus, you can piddle to mark your territory.

http://boardgamegeek.com/game/2940

Here is Kobra1's review, which includes the rule changes:

http://boardgamespiel.com/content/view/47/26/


 
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